FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long is a counselling session?
50 minutes to one hour.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes, sessions are confidential. In specific circumstances, confidentiality may be compromised in accordance with the IACP Code of Ethics (www.iacp.ie) that applies to accredited practitioners. I will discuss this during the first session. Such exceptions of counselling confidentiality are as follows ...
• I attend Supervision with my client caseload. This ensures the good practice of the therapist.
• If I was concerned a client was to harm themselves or others.
• Child Abuse disclosure.
Retrospective Disclosure by Adults
“For most counsellors / psychotherapists this may be the most relevant
section. This issue arises when an adult discloses abuse that occurred during
his / her childhood. The section places an onus on the member to consider
whether a child is at risk currently and if so to act upon that concern. The
guidelines state that “If any risk is deemed to exist to a child who may be in
contact with an alleged abuser, the counsellor / health professional should
report the allegation to the HSE Children and Family Services without delay.”
It is important to note that these guidelines concern not only sexual abuse but
also neglect, physical abuse and emotional abuse.”
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.As of
2010, the IACP has formally adopted the Children First: National Guidance for the
Protection and Welfare of Children.
Payment & Cancellation fees
The counselling fee is paid at the end of each session.
48 hours cancellation notice must be given. When notice is not given the full fee of this cancelled session is payable by bank transfer or at the next session .The reason for this fee is that without adequate notice, the room rental is still paid and the time slot cannot be given to another client.
What type of issues do you work with?
There are no rules about what you can discuss or seek support for in
counselling . How can I help you?
Have you any specialised areas?
I am a general practitioner with a particular interest in Somatic Psychotherapy. The word somatic is derived from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. Somatic therapy is a holistic therapy that studies the
relationship between the mind and body in regard to our psychological past. Our bodies hold on to past traumas which are reflected in our body language, posture and also expressions. In some cases past traumas may manifest physical symptoms like pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances,
sexual dysfunction and immune system dysfunction, medical issues, depression, anxiety and addiction.
The somatic therapeutic approach that I incorporate in my work is called The Hakomi Method.